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Updated on July 14, 2020 12:58 pm
Updated on July 14, 2020 12:58 pm
Updated on July 14, 2020 12:58 pm

Castries Mayor Takes Issue With Human Rights ‘Hypocrisy’

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis has called for an end to the hypocrisy in Saint Lucia, while asserting that it appears that human rights issues are only raised in connection with actions by the police.

Francis recalled a July 19, 2019 incident in which two off duty cops went to the aid of a couple who were being robbed by two bandits along the Bexon Highway.

An exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in one of the bandits sustaining a gunshot injury to the leg, whilst one officer sustained an injury to the stomach.

The Castries Mayor said he was grateful that the officer was not killed and commended both cops for being vigilant.

However Francis told reporters at a news conference Wednesday morning that he was taken aback that he had heard nothing from the human rights community or any citizen in relation to the incident.

According to the Castries Mayor, the President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, was the “lone voice in the wilderness” commending the officers for what they had done.

“It looks like in Saint Lucia the only place that human rights are taken seriously is when it comes to police matters,” Francis asserted.

“But in the same way when the officers are wrong and we take them to task, when they have done something that is right why do we not take the same haste and try to commend them; try to help them; try to comfort them?”




  1. very well said Mr Mayor

    the lives of the Police are constantly ignored, their rights are consistently overlooked

    when the Police get rid of a menace to society I thank the heavens, my only concern is that the Police do not themselves get injured in the pursuance of their very difficult and very dangerous job which most of society take for granted

    a few police who relish in and abuse their power should not be the measuring stick for the entire force

    the Police are here for our protection and they seldom get the credit they deserve

    it is a matter of time before all the bad eggs are weeded out, it takes time to fix complex problems

    • Excellent post reflecting the thoughts of the vast majority of citizens in this country.

    • Hold your a** no one is disputing that the police are here to protect and serve as they should and the gratitude towards their service is not often taken for granted, but at the same token one cannot over look the abuse of power citizens suffer daily at the hands of police recent video posting are just the tip of the iceberg and you know it. Why is noose of the Leachy Law still around our necks ?? Why don’t the jackass mayor with Jacksonian belief shut the hell up.

  2. Man hold your a**. What is he trying to say. ??? He comes off as very jaconian. The police did exactly what the tax payers want them to do to protect and serve. Abuse of power against citizens is a complete different scenario. I am yet to understand the basis of his theology. Jeeezas very jaconian if you ask me distractions WHERE THE MONEY THE TOWN COUNCIL FRANCIS ?

    • Before you go on your tirade of insulting people, go to school and learn to spell:
      “Leahy Law.”
      More insults will only show who u are.

  3. Boy this man likes to beat his @$$. And most times he comes off as an idiot. What we had here is a law breaker attacking a law enforcement officer. And the police officer executing his duty like the hero that he is. This is not a human rights issue. What would be a human rights issue is someone being bludgeoned with a cutlass by police officers after being handcuffed and not a threat. Those in authority are expected to wield the powers given to them in a responsible manner.

    Human Rights issues are usually top down i.e. A GOVERNMENT OR OTHER AUTHORITY to violate the following:
    Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.

  4. let your friend jufaly know about that because he is protecting the criminals in his area .talking about the police is wrong to arrest wanted men

  5. Can’t believe a Mayor has this level of thinking ? Must be trying to gain momentum for his political campaign

  6. I’m wondering why lucians get so volger with their tongue, makes me thinks twice have some self esteem.

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